This lec­ture series provides a plat­form on which socially rel­ev­ant themes can be addressed by inspir­a­tion­al fig­ures from a num­ber of coun­tries. The pub­lic dis­cus­sion at St. Peter’s Church in Leipzig between Kurt Mas­ur, Helmut Schmidt and Peter Maf­fay in Octo­ber 2014, which marked the 25th anniversary of the peace­ful revolu­tion, counts as the first in this series. The Inter­na­tion­al Kurt Mas­ur Insti­tute is organ­ising this pro­ject, which extends far bey­ond Leipzig and even Ger­many, in col­lab­or­a­tion with part­ners with whom Kurt Mas­ur also had a spe­cial rela­tion­ship in his lifetime.

2nd Kurt Masur Forum – 10 October 2019

Memor­ies of 9 Octo­ber 1989

Mem­bers of the Leipzig Six” (a group of six per­son­al­it­ies who played an import­ant role ensur­ing that the demon­stra­tions took place without viol­ence): Bernd-Lutz Lange, Roland Wötzel and Kurt Mey­er. His­tor­i­ans: Thomas Ahbe and Sascha Lange.

Accom­pa­ny­ing music­al pro­gramme: Frank Nowicky and the Orchester der Säch­s­is­chen Musiker

The wit­nesses to his­tory Bernd-Lutz Lange, Roland Wötzel and Kurt Mey­er, and the his­tor­i­ans Thomas Ahbe and Sascha Lange

Under the title of the “Kurt Mas­ur For­um”, the Mas­ur Insti­tute reg­u­larly encour­ages dis­course on human­ity and soci­ety. This second edi­tion focused on the anniversary of the Peace­ful Revolu­tion. We espe­cially remembered the call to renounce viol­ence of 9 Octo­ber 1989, where the Leipzig Six, led by Kurt Mas­ur, appealed for a peace­ful exchange of views and non­ag­gres­sion. Mem­bers of the Leipzig Six were in the spot­light, togeth­er with the his­tor­i­ans Thomas Ahbe and Sascha Lange, and were provid­ing fur­ther details about the group’s actions, the his­tor­ic­al con­text and its leg­acy up to the present day.

The dis­cus­sion was com­ple­men­ted by a cham­ber music ver­sion of Richard Strauss’s Till
Eulenspiegel, in homage to the Gewand­haus con­cert con­duc­ted by Mas­ur dur­ing the demon­stra­tions. Fur­ther­more, the sax­o­phon­ist Franck Nowicky also gave a per­form­ance, rep­res­ent­ing Masur’s sup­port for street musi­cians dur­ing the sum­mer of 1989.

Orches­tra of the Säch­s­is­chen Musiker – Per­form­ance “Till Eulenspiegel” (R. Strauss)

Excerpt from the Leipzi­ger Volk­szei­tung, 12 Octo­ber 2019:

The event returns to June ’89, when the Leipzig street music fest­iv­al was for­cibly dis­ban­ded by the ‘secur­ity forces’. As a res­ult, Mas­ur invited the pub­lic to a con­fer­ence at the Gewand­haus, which he, later, called a gen­er­al rehears­al of upright act­ing. After­wards the “Orchester der Säch­s­is­chen Musiker” remem­bers the fact, that Mas­ur – in that night, 30 years ago – Mas­ur con­duc­ted Richard Strauss’s “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”. So the event con­cludes with the impres­sion that this needs to be con­tin­ued. At the book­stand quite a huge amount of books are signed.